Successful weight loss
Questions to Consider Before You Choose A Weight Loss Program
Understand where you are and the factors that my be contributing to your weight gain.
- Start with a BMI calculator to see where you start. BMI is an indicator of body fat – and see where it fits within the BMI categories.
- Understand that BMI alone is not a great indicator of your metabolic risk as the distribution of the weight is more important than the weight alone.
W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers of America’s 8 measurements to know your metabolic risk for weight loss!
Do you know your metabolic risk? Do you have extra weight in your belly or upper part of the body? Use these simple steps to know your metabolic risk so you can do something about it!
1. What is your body mass index. You can use a BMI calculator on www.w8md.com or any other website to know this as long as you know your correct height and weight. If your BMI is over 25, you should be concerned.
2. Get a tape and measure your waist circumference in the mid section. For men, it should be 40 or lower and for women, it should be 35 or lower in inches. (For Asians, it is 36 and 33 inches for men and women respectively)
3. Know your medical history – do you have a history of high blood pressure?
4. Do you have prediabetes or diabetes? Is you fasting blood sugar above 100 or you take medication for diabetes?
5. Get a copy of your most recent blood work and see if your triglycerides are above 150 or you take a medication for cholesterol.
6. See if your good cholesterol is below 40 for men or below 50 for women or you take a cholesterol medication.
7. Do you have a family history of diabetes?
8. Do you snore or feel tired during the day or have sleep apnea?
If you answered yes to one or more, you may want to use this free tool on W8MD website to find out your metabolic risk!
Set Realistic Goals For Weight Loss
- If you have a lot of weight to lose, set a realistic intermediate goal, maybe to lose 10 pounds. Remember that even a small amount of weight loss can lead to big health benefits.
Once you understand your weight, your medical history, your metabolic syndrome risk, your waist and hip circumference, you may want to ask yourself these questions.
- What is a healthy weight for me?
- Do I need to lose weight?
- How much weight should I lose?
- Could my extra weight be caused by a health problem or by a medicine I am taking?
What are the options to lose weight?
Successful, long-term weight control must focus on your overall health, not just on what you eat. Changing your lifestyle is not easy, but adopting healthy habits may help you manage your weight in the long run.
Effective weight-loss programs include ways to keep the weight off for good. These programs promote healthy behaviors that help you lose weight and that you can stick with every day.
Safe and effective weight-loss programs should include
- a plan to keep the weight off over the long run guidance on how to develop healthier eating and physical activity habits
- guidance on how to develop healthier eating and physical activity habits
- ongoing feedback, monitoring, and support
- slow and steady weight-loss goals—usually 1 to 3 pounds per week (though weight loss may be faster at the start of a program)
Some weight-loss programs may use very low-calorie diets (up to 800 calories per day) to promote rapid weight loss among people who have a lot of excess weight. This type of diet requires close medical supervision through frequent office visits and medical tests.
What does the weight-loss program include?
Does the program offer group weight loss classes or one-on-one weight loss counseling that will help me develop healthier eating habits?
WeightMD (W8MD) offers both one on one with a bariatric medicine trained weight loss physician and group weight loss classes. The best part of the program is that we accept most health insurances for weight loss so you do not have to pay out of pocket.
Do I have to follow a specific meal plan or keep food records for weight loss?
We have printed instructions on how to prepare a balanced, low calorie, low carbohydrate meals with calorie counters, portion control instructions, sample meal plans and food logs for feed back for safe, effective and fast weight loss under physician supervision.
Do I have to buy special meals or supplements for weight loss? Were these weight loss supplements optional?
Our delicious and affordable Very Low Calorie Protein Based Balanced and Very Affordable Weight Loss Supplements such as W8MD weight loss protein shakes, bars, and smoothies are all optional.
If the program requires special foods, can I make changes based on my likes, dislikes, and food allergies?
Yes. We take in to consideration your preferences, likes, needs, allergies and are very flexible.
Will the program help me be more physically active, follow a specific physical activity plan, or provide exercise guidelines for safe and effective weight loss?
Yes, we provide exercise instruction and guidance by our weight loss physicians and can help you be connected with certified fitness professionals
- Will the program work with my lifestyle and cultural needs for weight loss?
- Yes. The program is individualized and not “one size fits all”
- Does the program provide ways to deal with such issues as social or holiday eating, changes to work schedules, lack of motivation, and injury or illness?
- Yes. We offer specific and situational advise all along the way. All you have to do is ask.
- Does the program include a plan to help me keep the weight off once I’ve lost weight?
- We offer maintenance plan for life long life style change
What are the weight loss center staff credentials?
- Who supervises the weight loss program?
- Our weight loss physicians supervise the program personally and see all patients in person
- What type of weight-control certifications, education, experience, and training do the staff have?
Our founder, Dr. Prab R. Tumpati, has been a practicing board certified internal medicine, sleep and obesity medicine physician with a fellowship training in the emerging field of Obesity Medicine. As a practicing sleep medicine physician, Dr. Tumpati sees a lot of obese patients that are struggling to lose weight.
Obesity Medicine Fellowship Training
Since Obesity is a risk factor for many sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, and sleep apnea in turn can have an effect on Leptins and Ghrelins that control appetite, food intake and weight, there is an inherent association between sleep disorders and weight. Realizing this, Dr. Tumpati joined a fellowship program in the field of Obesity Medicine and has passed a written board examination in Bariatric Medicine/Obesity Medicine.
Having obtained a thorough knowledge and skills in treating patients with obesity and it’s more than 50 associated conditions, Dr. Tumpati successfully integrated Obesity Medicine Services in his practice and started W8MD, along with Dr. Sobo, to help other physicians get started with an affordable Medical Weight Loss Program at their location.
Dr Tumpati currently serves as the Medical Director at Poly-Tech Sleep Services in Northeast Philadelphia and staff physician at the Sleep Wellness Center of Pottstown, PA. Dr. Tumpati obtained his medical degree from Osmania Medical College, India and completed his Internal Medicine Residency at Abington Memorial Hospital. Dr. Tumpati travels extensively, licensed in many states in the US and serves as the medical director of Sleep Medical Associates and W8MD Medical Weight Loss Center in New York City located at 2003, Bath Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
In addition to Internal Medicine, Dr. Tumpati is also board certified in Sleep Medicine and has passed a written board examination in Obesity Medicine and is in the process of full certification.
Does the product or program carry any risks?
- Could the weight loss program hurt me?
- The most common side effect is fatigue. Sometimes, there is a slight increased risk of gall stones etc. This risk is minimal and can be reduced by taking a medication such as Actigall to reduce the chance of gall stones. Like any other medical treatment, we monitor you closely and address any side effects.
- Do the people involved in the program get to talk with the weight loss doctor?
- Yes, all patients are seen in person by our weight loss doctor
- Does a doctor or other certified health professional run the program?
- Yes, see information about our Medical Director, and weight loss, sleep and internal medicine physician, Dr. Prab R. Tumpati who is also the founder of W8MD Medical Weight Loss Centers Of America.
- Will the program’s doctor or staff work with my health care provider if needed (for example, to address how the program may affect an existing medical issue)?
- Yes, we send a report to your primary care doctor or other doctors of your choice.
- Is there ongoing input and follow-up from a health care provider to ensure my safety while I take part in the program?
- Yes, we follow up on a regular basis and monitor the progress of all of out patients.
How much does the program cost?
- What is the total cost of the program?
- We bill insurance for the visits so all you pay is your copays or co-insurance, if any. Medicare patients may not have any copays in most situations
- Are there other costs, such as membership fees, fees for weekly visits, and payments for food, meal replacements, supplements, or other products?
- All the other products, supplements, weight loss medications are all optional. The meal replacement costs as low as $2.15 per meal replaced and are so inexpensive that you can even save on the grocery bills. In fact, the average home cooked meal can cost up to $2.50 per meal just for the ingredients so you can potentially save on the monthly grocery costs by using some of the supplements for weight loss such as our delicious and affordable weight loss smoothies, bars, shakes, and other weight loss products.
- What is the cost of the medications?
- The average cost of our weight loss medication is about a dollar a pill for Phentermine, Topiramate. We can do the generic combination of the new weight loss drug – Qsymia for as low as 30 dollars each of the two components for a month’s supply so you can potentially save from the brand name Qsymia which costs up to $160.00 a month.
- Are there other fees for medical tests?
- We have no setup fees, obligations or other fees. We do, however, have a $50.00 deposit that is refundable after a minimum of 8 weeks.
- Are there fees for a follow-up program after I lose weight?
What results do people in the program typically have?
- How much weight does the average person lose?
- It varies but most people lose about 1-3 pounds per week.
- How long does the average person keep the weight off?
- Most people do succeed in keeping it off as we provide on going support.
- Do you have written information on these results?
- We have written testimonial of actual patients that tried our program.
I spotted a pamphlet in a doctor’s waiting room on W8MD. This peeked my interest and I read on. “Are you tired of being overweight?” I was!
As I read further I discovered that not only was this a center for weight loss but also for sleep problems. My husband had told me that I was snooring very loudly at night and that it seemed I stopped breathing at times.
I called and scheduled an appointment with the doctor. Dr. Tumpati was very through in explaining to me the reason for my increased weight was due to insulin resistance. We also scheduled a sleep study and found that I stopped breathing an average of 38 times per hour due to sleep apnea!
I am now using a machine(CPAP) at night to assist with my breathing. I am experiencing more quality sleep and am not tired during the day. Dr. Tumpati explained that improper sleep can also lead to weight gain.
I began a 1000 calorie partial meal replacement program consisting of nutritional supplements as well as one meal daily – 4 oz of lean protien and a green vegetable.
In 12 weeks I have lost 26 pounds and am moving more freely and feeling better every day. I have a way to go but I know what I have to do to continue to successfully loose weight.
Dr. Tumpati is very knowledgeable on weight management and proper nutrition. He is willing to spend time explaining why and how different foods effect our weight gain and loss. I appreciate understanding the effects of what I have been eating and why it is necessary to make changes to improve my health.
Donna (63 year old female) 10/24/12 *
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